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    The federal agency is aggressively responding to a series of what it sees as hostile attempts by private sector firms to access its website at times when market-moving economic data are released to the public.

  • Court Can Help Fix Obamacare 'Arrogance' Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 12:22 PM ET
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    Congress doesn’t often get a second chance to do the right thing. But when it comes to health care, the U.S. Supreme Court may provide lawmakers a historic opportunity to do just that.

  • Fraud Whistleblowers: Uncle Sam Wants You Thursday, 24 May 2012 | 2:46 PM ET
    Department of Justice

    U.S. authorities are ratcheting up their investigation of residential mortgage-backed securities — the bundles of mortgages that were at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis. And they are appealing to the public for help.

  • Market Outlook: Austerity, Europe & Fiscal Cliff Wednesday, 23 May 2012 | 3:31 PM ET
    Market Outlook: Austerity, Europe & Fiscal Cliff

    Pietro Nivola, Brookings Institute and Dan Mitchell, Cato Institute debate whether government dysfunction is preferable to austerity and the impact the fiscal cliff would have on the economy.

  • A Shock From JPMorgan Is New Fodder for Reformers Friday, 11 May 2012 | 4:26 AM ET
    JP Morgan Chase

    JPMorgan Chase’s $2 billion trading loss, which was disclosed on Thursday, could give supporters of tighter industry regulation a huge new piece of ammunition as they fight a last-ditch battle with the banks over new federal rules that may redefine how banks do business. The New York Times reports.

  • US Agriculture Secretary on Food Safety Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 2:15 PM ET
    US Agriculture Secretary on Food Safety

    Concerns about mad cow disease and "pink slime" are raising recent questions about food safety. Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, offers insight.

  • Boehner: Would Like to See Top Tax Rate of 25% Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 5:54 PM ET
    U.S. Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner

    House Speaker John Boehner told CNBC he would like to see a top tax rate of 25 percent and warned that the United States had no alternative but to reduce its $16 trillion debt.

  • Indiana's Lugar in Fight as Voters Decide 4 Primaries Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 11:08 AM ET
    Senator Richard Lugar

    With Mitt Romney expected to coast to victory in three GOP presidential primaries, Indiana Senator Richard Lugar's re-election fight is the highest-profile contest in four states.

  • Cramer: Learn to Love Government Bailouts Monday, 7 May 2012 | 6:15 PM ET
    Cramer: Learn to Love Government Bailouts

    Mad Money's Cramer discusses how the government plans to unwind its TARP assets, and whether there is value in shares of AIG.

  • US Supreme Court Ruling Key to Cigna Trade Monday, 7 May 2012 | 6:29 AM ET
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    Someone is looking for a big move in Cigna. The health insurer’s last earnings report missed estimates, but the company did raise full-year guidance. An even bigger catalyst is expected in June, when the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of national health care.

  • Time to Abolish the TSA? Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 7:51 PM ET
    Time to Abolish the TSA?

    Rep. Loretta Sanchez, (D-CA) and Rep. John Mica, (R-FL), discuss whether it is time to shut down the Transportation Security Administration.

  • Progress Is Seen in Advancing a Final Volcker Rule Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 2:30 AM ET
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    A major new rule that has drawn the ire of Wall Street is on track for completion sooner than some bankers had expected, dashing the hopes of financial industry lobbyists, who have pressed for a delay. The NYT reports.

  • Feds Crack Down in $452 Million Medicare Fraud Sweep Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 3:31 PM ET
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    More than 100 people are charged in what authorities say is the largest one-day takedown ever for Medicare fraud.

  • In Hopeful Sign, Health Spending Is Flattening Out Sunday, 29 Apr 2012 | 10:39 AM ET
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    The growth of health spending has slowed substantially in the last few years, surprising experts and offering some fuel for optimism about the federal government’s long-term fiscal health. The New York Times reports.

  • Mad Cow Disease Found in Central California Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 7:52 AM ET
    Mad Cow Disease Found in Central California

    Bob Bazell, NBC News reports on the first case of mad cow disease to surface in the U.S. in six years. The USDA is assuring consumers there is no danger of meat from the California dairy cow entering the food chain.

  • Nuclear Fusion Edges Closer to Commercialization Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:01 PM ET
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    While the commercialization of nuclear fusion takes baby steps into its fourth decade, the next-generation of fission plants could be supplying power within a few years.

  • Risky Business Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:12 PM ET
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    Several states with dispensaries have seen an increase in both arrests and the confiscation of  marijuana plants. However, a look at DEA records shows what appears to be an uneven enforcement policy among pot-friendly states over the past several years.

  • What's at Stake? Individual Liberty Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:11 PM ET
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    So what argument should advocates employ? That the government has no business interfering in private activities except to prevent harm to others

  • Under Fire Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:10 PM ET
    Marijuana

    There’s growing federal momentum to undercut medical marijuana laws in states including Montana and California.  Those laws are suffering more pushback under President Obama than President Bush. What now for medical marijuana patients?

  • In Oregon, Still Smokin', but Drawing Fire Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:08 PM ET
    Marijuana

    Not only was Oregon the first state to decriminalize pot in 1973, years before its glamorous neighbor to the south, but its medical marijuana program has operated with few glitches since it began in 1998. Now, it's an issue in a top statewide election race.